Prevent Your Reservoir Tank from Running Dry!
One of the major risks with hydroponics is the reservoir tank becoming dry. If that happens (particularly if growing in clay pebbles which don't hold huge amounts of water) then it won't be a very long time before the root-systems of your plants dry out and foliage begins to wilt and weaken. Once that has begun to happen then roots can become damaged and vulnerable to infection. Ultimately, this impacts the health of your plants, and ultimately your final yields.
Fortunately, the Hydroflow Auto Top-up Kit will make sure that your reservoir tank is always full, combining with a water tank to give you the peace of mind that your plants are always getting the water that they need to stay healthy and productive. For more information about this product take a look at our Hydroflow Auto Top-up Kit Blog.
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How the Hydroflow Auto Top-up Valve Works
Most hydroponics systems utilise a reservoir tank from which plants are fed either constantly (as in NFT) or periodically (such as with a Wilma or IWS system). The amount of water that plants drink changes depending on their size, air temperature and the relative humidity. Regular reservoir water level checking of the level is always highly recommended, however, at times like during peak flower or in the hot summer months even the most diligent of growers can get caught out by the plants consuming all the water. If that should ever happen, your plants will not get the water that they need, which will eventually lead to wilting, root damage and eventually death.
The ingenious Hydroflow Auto Top-up Kit allows you to create an automated reservoir tank top-up system, preventing your hydroponic reservoir from ever running dry. It contains a gland which is fitted to a header tank, a 1.8m length of piping, and an adjustable float valve which is fitted to the hydroponics reservoir tank.
When the fill level of the reservoir tank drops, the float on the float valve dips down which opens it, allowing water to flow from the header tank into the reservoir tank, topping it back up. Once enough water has topped up the header tank, the float on the float valve rises, closing off the flow of water. This ensures that the hydroponics reservoir is always topped up and that your plants never go dry. Better yet, the float valve can be adjusted so that it can be fitted either vertically (from the top of the reservoir) or horizontally (from the side of the reservoir).
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